You see it every day: block-letter names on underpasses; messages addressed to everyone (or no one) on billboards; colorful and insightful murals on the sides of otherwise unremarkable buildings. Amid a society suffering through a worldwide pandemic, street art—arguably the most democratic form of art—is having a breakout moment, embracing a civil rights and equality movement unparalleled in scope compared with any other in the last 60 years. Come meet the artists of the street-art vanguard.
On Thursday, July 9, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Bruce Presents, the Bruce Museum’s monthly series featuring thought leaders in art and science, hosts a Zoom webinar: Taking It to the Streets: A Conversation with Contemporary Street Artists.
Five panelists, representing a diverse, radically inclusive cross-section of this evolving visual art form, will discuss their work and assess its impact:
- Holly Danger (experiential designer and video artist)
- Ana De Orbegoso (multimedia, including public projections)
- Yedi Fresh (illustration, painting, digital art, mural work)
- Jahmane (graffiti, large-scale murals, canvas, photography, fashion design)
- Epic Uno (graffiti, package design, illustration, corporate identity)
Taking It to the Streets will also spotlight Tatiana Mori, Executive Director of the Greenwich Arts Council, which named Epic Uno and Yedi Fresh, respectively, the first two members of its visionary Artists-in-Residence program. Greenwich-based artist-curator Ben Quesnel will co-moderate the Zoom event, along with Leonard Jacobs, producer of the Bruce Presents series.
“Bruce Presents offers Taking It to the Streets at an inflection point in our nation’s history and discourse,” says Jacobs. “History teaches us that art and artists always lead the way toward confronting injustice and driving systemic change. There is perhaps no better example of this than street art—truly the art of the people. Our artists and speakers are not only engaging with Black Lives Matter and other social change agents, they are the vanguard of a world that must be—and will be—equitable for all.”
Participation in the virtual Bruce Presents on Zoom, for the benefit of the Bruce Museum, is $10 for Museum members, $15 non-members. To reserve a place, visit this page at brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376; a link to join the online conversation will be sent to registered attendees one hour prior to the program. Support for Bruce Presents is generously provided by Northern Trust and Berkley One, a Berkley Company.
For biographical information about our panelists, please click here.
Conceived by Suzanne Lio, Managing Director of the Bruce Museum, and launched in 2019, Bruce Presents has received enthusiastic reviews for its topical programming. Presentations on art have featured philanthropist-collector Jennifer Stockman, filmmaker Olympia Stone, and art historian-author Dr. Ágnes Berecz. Programs on science have featured an exclusive live Skype with Antarctica researcher Dr. Kim Bernard and a provocative dialogue between artist/activist Alexis Rockman and David Abel, an award-winning environmental reporter at The Boston Globe.
The most recent Bruce Presents, the first to be held virtually, was on June 4: Architecture 20/20: New Visions for Public Spaces in the Age of COVID-19. The conversation included five major American architects and the directors of three highly regarded museums and cultural institutions.